She's perhaps frontrunner to replace Hillary Clinton next year as Secretary of State. She has lots of explaining to do.
"Today's vote" she said , "should not be misconstrued by any as constituting eligibility for UN membership. It does not. This resolution does not establish that Palestine is a state."
Palestine was eligible for full de jure UN membership many years ago. Palestine already is a state. The UN vote upgraded its status. It didn't go far enough.
Headlines misreported what happened. Analysts who know better got it wrong. Many incorrectly called the vote support for Palestinian statehood.
It was about upgrading Palestine to nonmember observer status. More on rights afforded with it below.
Previous articles explained Palestinian statehood. Key facts bear repeating.
The State of Palestine exists. It was proclaimed in Algiers on November 15, 1988. At the time, the PLO adopted the Palestinian Declaration of Independence.
PLO legal advisor Francis Boyle drafted it. He called it "determinative, definitive, and irreversible." It recognized the General Assembly's 1947 Partition Plan in good faith. It also declared:
- its commitment to the UN Charter's purpose and principles;
- the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), policy, and principles of nonalignment;
- its natural right to defend the Palestinian state, while rejecting "the threat or use of force, violence and intimidation against its territorial integrity and political independence or those of any other state;"
- its willingness to accept UN supervision on an interim basis to terminate Israel's occupation;
- its call for a Middle East International Peace Conference based on UN Resolutions 242 and 338;
- its asking for Israel's withdrawal from occupied Palestinian lands - since 1967, including East Jerusalem;
- its willingness to accept a voluntary confederation between Jordan and Palestine;
- its "rejection of terrorism in all forms, including state terrorism...;" and